- Head Instructor
Guro (teacher) Sean Brandt is a certified instructor in Sayoc Kali (instructor list) and Atienza Kali (instructor list). He is proud to have trained under Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc, tracing his lineage through Tuhon Tom Kier and Tuhon Carl Atienza.
Sean Brandt’s martial arts journey began in childhood. In college, he took up martial arts in earnest, training in several styles and spending Friday nights not partying, but rather at open sparring sessions. After graduating, he continued to progress in his training, with a focus on combat sports, because of their ability to be tested in competition – culminating in winning an amateur MMA fight. Realizing the limitations of this training on “the street,” he sought practical and effective training for where there are no rules – and jujutsu provided just that. That teacher referred him to a firing range for firearms training and to Filipino martial arts for knife and stick training. So he began to train in Sayoc Kali at the Butohan, and later, Atienza Kali. These systems – based on tribal, warrior arts proved to be a homecoming – and are his way of life. He is proud to be part of this katipunan ng kalis, or brotherhood of the blade.
Along his journey, he was promoted to three-stripe purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Mestre Sergio “Bolao” Souza and earned his Muay Thai shorts from Master Bob Karmel (@ Best Muay Thai), later earning his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Sheridan Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He also earned black belts in traditional Japanese arts of Aikido and Shinowara-Ryu Jujutsu.
He has studied the following styles (in chronological order):
Shotokan Karate, Wrestling, Shaolin Kung Fu, Aikido, Tai Chi, Judo, Yamashita Bojutsu, Muso Jikiden Eishen Ryu Iaido, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Submission Grappling, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Muay Thai, Shinowara-Ryu Jujutsu, Sayoc Kali, Silat, and Atienza Kali.
As an instructor for Sayoc Tactical Group, he has helped teach edged weapons to law enforcement and military, including personnel from various local and federal law enforcement agencies and the US Special Operations Command.